UK: Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the UK Festival Award-winning Live At Leeds will return in 2016, today revealing the first collection of exciting acts set to take over the city across a multitude of venues.
Officially kicking off the festival season, Live At Leeds hosts the biggest names alongside the best in new and upcoming acts, and this year is no different. Having played host to the likes of Bastille, James Blake, Wild Beasts, The Cribs, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rudimental and The Vaccines over the years, each year Live At Leeds provides a snapshot of everything that is vital in music right now, and 2016’s event promises to be no different.
Announced for 2016 are Jess Glynne, Circa Waves, We Are Scientists, Band of Skulls, Rat Boy, Clean Cut Kid and Barns Courtney.
Speaking about this year’s talent and the festival’s 10 year legacy, lead booker Andy Smith commented: “2016 will be the tenth year of booking Live at Leeds, it feels like a great achievement to have grown what was originally a four venue bill to what it is today.
“We have seen some great names grace our stages over those ten years and I’m really looking forward to next year and what will hopefully be our biggest event yet, it really feels like we are stepping up another level.”
New for 2016, Live At Leeds has also announced a new digital programme to the event, in partnership with Leeds Digital Festival, taking place in the five days prior to the music (April 25 – 29).
By combining digital themes with Live at Leeds, the organisers hope to bring an even larger audience into Leeds and will crossover from business to culture to music, as seen in more established festivals around the world, the most successful example of which is SXSW in Austin, Texas.
More names for Live At Leeds and further details on the digital programme will be revealed soon.